Big data analytics now intersects with practically everything in modern life. Evidence-driven analytics shapes every aspect of our daily lives, both on the job and in our capacity as consumers. And it informs the operations of government agencies, higher education, media and entertainment, communications service providers, and every other institution.
In this period of rapid transformation, we are all witnessing big data’s transformative power. Some of the changes are evolutionary, consisting of a continuing stream of incremental improvements in the fabric of our lives. Some are disruptive, as big data fuels the accelerating emergence, growth, shakeout, and decline of entire sectors of the world economy.
This week’s fresh content marks a significant transformation in IBM Data magazine, but clearly traces a line of continuity from where we’ve been to where we’re heading. At the start of April, we will be closing out the magazine’s prior status as a separate thought-leadership channel and shifting toward its next stage as a centerpiece of the expanded IBM Big Data & Analytics Hub. The magazine has long been a principal forum and community for thought leadership and best practices in the data management industry and among our customers and partners.
Chief among the fresh content this week is a feature article penned by me on why we’re merging the magazine with the Hub. It shares how this step builds on the core value we’ve been providing for almost two decades and what lies ahead in our deepening engagement with our readers. As I say in the piece, we have built a vast library of high-quality, trade journal–style feature articles and columns and other content that serves as a rich knowledge base and a research tool for data professionals.
Cognitive computing has become one of the hottest new topics in the magazine, and we will deepen our cognitive focus under the newly expanded Hub. Another new article this week is from established contributor Rich Hughes, who discusses Watson’s transformative role in helping the medical establishment use cognitive approaches to identify key patterns buried in biomolecular data. “What Watson has done with medical literature patterns has great potential for changing an important aspect of medical research,” Hughes states. “Finding patterns hidden in mountains of scientific literature should prove to be a remarkable breakthrough in cognitive computing.”
Founded long ago with a focus on online transaction processing, the magazine stayed true to that core focus but has steadily broadened into all database management, optimization, and governance topics relevant to our readership. In this regard, we have a new article by established contributor Thuan Bui and new co-contributor Marcia Miskimen discussing the integrated IBM Data Server Manager tool for administering, monitoring, and optimizing enterprise-scale databases.
This week and next will mark the last content-refresh cycles in which we will publish new content to the magazine’s website. Rest assured that the website will remain accessible and searchable for our readers while we undertake its full migration to the Hub in the coming months. Starting the first week of April, content from all of our contributors will be posted only to the Hub, which will become its new permanent home.
Thanks for reading and engaging. See you at the Hub.
James Kobielus (@jameskobielus)
Curator in Chief, Technical Marketing Thought Leadership, IBM Big Data and Analytics Hub
This week’s fresh content marks a significant transformation in IBM Data magazine, but clearly traces a line of continuity from where we’ve been to where we’re heading.